For many people across the world, the corona virus scare is becoming all too real. The mix of travel bans, and cancellations will no doubt play a large role in the spring season for many lodges and outfitters as well. The swarm of cancellations are currently swamping airlines and booking agents and wait times can be expected all around. In times like these is hard to see the forest for the trees, so it helps to have a trusted source of information so you can make an educated decision on whether or not to pull the plug on your travel plans.
The team at Hunt-Nation have been in constant communication with our outfitters throughout Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala and South Africa just to name a few destinations. We are working diligently with our clients and outfitters to reschedule hunting and fishing adventures scheduled over the next 90 days. If you have an international adventure scheduled within that time frame, please contact your agent at Hunt-Nation to review your options.
Should you stay or should you go? Whatever you decide, please consider the following press release from the CDC before making any hasty decisions:
CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19, if there are other travelers with COVID-19. There are several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel.
Things to consider before travel:
- Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going?
If COVID-19 is spreading at your destination, but not where you live, you may be at higher risk of exposure if you travel there.
- Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded settings, particularly closed-in settings with little air circulation, if there are people in the crowd who are sick. This may include settings such as conferences, public events (like concerts and sporting events), religious gatherings, public spaces (like movie theatres and shopping malls), and public transportation (like buses, metro, trains).
- Are you or your travel companion(s) at higher risk of severe illness if you do get COVID-19?
People at higher risk for severe disease are older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes). CDC recommends that travelers at higher risk for COVID-19 complicationsavoid all cruise travel and nonessential air travel.
- Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you get exposed to, or are sick with, COVID-19?
If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel, you may be asked to stay home to self-monitor and avoid contact with others for up to 14 days after travel. If you become sick with COVID-19, you may be unable to go to work or school until you’re considered noninfectious. You will be asked to avoid contact with others (including being in public places) during this period of infectiousness.
- Do you live with someone who is older or has a severe chronic health condition?
If you get sick with COVID-19 upon your return from travel, your household contacts may be at risk of infection. Household contacts who are older adults or have severe chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Is COVID-19 spreading where you live?
Consider the risk of passing COVID-19 to others during travel, particularly if you will be in close contact with people who are older adults or have severe chronic health conditionThese people are at higher risk of getting very sick. If your symptoms are mild or you don’t have a fever, you may not realize you are infectious.
Depending on your unique circumstances, you may choose to delay or cancel your plans. If you do decide to travel, be sure to practice precautions to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases during travel. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel information, visit CDC COVID-19 Travel page.
Our friends at Global Rescue have also released a series of updates and bulletins regarding information on Covid-19 and best travel practices. They add to the aforementioned CDC bulletins by adding that, “Dr. Carmen Dolea, Head International Health Regulations Secretariat of the World Health Organization, recommends etiquette similar to the flu or any respiratory infection. Dolea’s recommendations include screenings, testing and washing your hands often.”
A note on numbers: inevitably, there is variance in numbers across reporting sources, partly resulting from reporting times and verification standards. It is noteworthy that reporting from some nations slows down on weekends. Reporting from some nations is likely shaped by political or economic considerations.
The total number of people who have recovered from coronavirus worldwide is 70,474.
Total cases worldwide – (Recovered worldwide + Dead worldwide) = Net active cases worldwide
137,589 Total cases – (70,474 Recoveries + 5,074 Dead) = 62,041 Net active cases worldwide
General: The new strain (COVID-19) comes from the same family of viruses that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). China’s National Health Commission (NHC) says that 80 percent of coronavirus fatalities occurred in people over the age of 60, and 75 percent had an underlying disease. The virus is transmitted between humans, but it is unclear how easily the virus spreads between people, or during what phase of illness transmission occurs. The World Health Organization (WHO) claimed on 3 March that 3.4 percent of cases were fatal, a significant jump from previous estimates of a 2 percent fatality rate. On 11 March, the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
It appears that COVID-19 rates of infection are leveling off in China and South Korea while spiking in other places such as Iran, Europe, South America, and North America. A WHO official said on 27 February that the rest of the world—not China—is now WHO’s “greatest concern.” On 13 March, the WHO said that Europe is now the outbreak’s epicenter.
Signs and Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):
The majority of cases related to this coronavirus outbreak have reported fever, cough, and respiratory difficulties (distress, rapid breathing, and shortness of breath).
General symptoms related to coronavirus infection can also include, but are not limited to:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- General feeling of being unwell
Medical Advice for Travelers:
Avoid contact with sick people.
Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Infection control at medical facilities in the region is uncertain; avoid medical settings if possible, particularly for minor medical ailments.
Older travelers and those with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.
Global Rescue and Coronavirus Quarantine Policies:
In an attempt to control the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, several countries including the US are enforcing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers who may have been exposed to the virus.
The Global Rescue Intelligence team monitors the outbreak closely and provides this daily report that includes precautions and efforts by various countries to control the spread of the virus within their borders.
Daily alerts are available at: https://www.globalrescue.com/common/blog/detail/Coronavirus-Travel-Updates/?rc=1
Some nations have begun to quarantine all travelers arriving from any countries that have confirmed cases.
Global Rescue recommends that before departure, travelers carefully review the coronavirus control policies of their destination and defer travel if there is a chance of being quarantined.
Global Rescue strongly supports the international effort to control the spread of coronavirus. If a Global Rescue member is quarantined, Global Rescue will continue to provide medical and other advisory services. However, medical evacuation is not possible during a mandated quarantine period.
Read the full bulletin at https://www.globalrescue.com/common/blog/detail/Is-it-safe-to-travel-coronavirus/ and stay up-to-date with daily news on Corona Virus at https://www.globalrescue.com/common/blog/detail/Coronavirus-Travel-Updates/.
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